Monday, March 21, 2016

Anderson Cooper on Monday, March 21, 2016


In place of AC360, Anderson was in the CNN Washington DC Bureau Election Center for a special program called "The Final Five" from 8pm to 11pm ET.   The program started with Anderson interviewing Republican candidate John Kasich live, then Wolf interviewed Ted Cruz live.  Following was a short panel discussion lead by Anderson.  After a break, Wolf's interview with Trump aired and then Anderson's interviews with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were played.  The last three interviews were not live (or if Hillary and Bernie were live someone was asleep on the "LIVE" button.)  Following all five interviews there was more panel discussion lead by Anderson and Wolf talked to John King at the magic wall about delegates.   At the end of the three hours Anderson announced that there would be primary and caucus coverage on Tuesday so it looks like it will be Wednesday night before we get an AC360 this week.  Alas, no coverage of President Obama's historic visit to Cuba.   Below are two behind the scenes photos posted to Twitter:







AC360 Transcript
AC360 Podcast


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

IT IS MY OPINION THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOULD HAVE NOT GONE TO THE BALL GAME WHEN HE WAS VISITING
CUBA. IT JUST WAS DISRESPECTFUL CONSIDERING THERE WERE AMERICANS ABROAD WHO DIED IN BRUSSELS.
AND IT GIVES REPUBLICANS AMMUNITION FOR DENOUNCING HIS FOREIGN POLICY. WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW, OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH EUROPE OR OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CUBA?
JUST A BAD AND UNNECESSARY MOVE ON HIS PART.
EUROPE IS SUFFERING BECAUSE OF THEIR INABILITY TO ASSIMILATE FOREIGN CULTURES AND WHEN THEY DO,
IT INHERENTLY LEADS TO ISOLATIONISM. THEY ARE NEVER INCLUSIVE AND FOREIGNERS ARE ALWAYS LOOKED
UPON WITH SUSPICION. THE UNITED STATES HAS ALWAYS BEEN A MELTING POT AND WE ARE USED TO CULTURAL
DIVERSITY.
HAVING SAID THAT, A CANDIDATE AS HATEFUL AND AS DIVISIVE AS TRUMP, COULD LEAD TO ATTACKS RIGHT
HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY. DIPLOMACY IS SO VERY IMPORTANT AND NOT ONE REPORTER HAS YET TO TAKE TRUMP TO TASK FOR LACKING THIS VALUABLE TRAIT....INCLUDING ANDERSON COOPER.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad President Obama did go to the baseball game today. He was in the secure room (one travels with him) and spoke with the Department of Homeland Security for an update on the attacks and before his remarks today, President Obama spoke with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel by phone. He addressed the attacks at the of his address to the people of Cuba. The baseball game was significant as it is a past time that is shared by people in the U.S. and Cuba and while many Cuban's have come to the U.S. to play baseball for U.S. teams they had to be come seeking asylum and go through a lot to stay in the U.S. If you watched the game (which aired on ESPN) President Obama was interviewed and one of the questions he was asked was why he chose to go to the game given the terrorist attacks in Brussels. He explained that his job travels with him and that the terrorists want to instill fear in people and going about our day as planned doesn't allow them to win that battle. President Obama did not stay for the entire game, but kept his schedule as planned.

People are entitled to their opinions, but my question to this is what would have been accomplished if President Obama hadn't gone to the baseball game, had cut his trip short and returned to the U.S.? While there were some Americans injured in the attack, none were killed. Was President Obama to have rushed to their hospital bedside? Operated on them? Changed their bandages? The President of the U.S. in always on the job and the job travels with him. While the terrorist attack in Brussels was a horrible event, it was not unexpected. U.S. officials had warned of chatter of an immanent attack in Europe and given the arrest last Friday of the terrorist suspect from the France attack and the raids taking place in Brussels, this should not have been a huge surprise.

Yes, Europe has an assimilation problem. It's not new and it didn't start with ISIS. The problem is actually a second generation problem and terrorist attacks have happened for years. There was discussion with ISIS losing ground in Syria and Iraq that they would be turning to attacks "abroad" to recruit fighters. Perhaps George W. Bush should to go Europe since ISIS was born from the Iraq insurgency. The U.S. invasion of Iraq gave birth to the insurgency and was later hijacked by ISIS. It's clear that none Trump and Cruz are dangerous to the U.S. as their rhetoric feeds ISIS.

I believe that President Obama's visit to Cuba is important. With elections coming up in Cuba and Raul Castro stating he would step down in 2018, this is an opportune time for the U.S. to help the people of Cuba have hope the small steps taken by Raul will gain steam and there will be opportunities for the people of Cuba to have a better life and business opportunities for the U.S.